Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 23, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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The Zoo & the Community

The Community Partnership Office acts as a liaison between Zoo New England and the surrounding community. Community partnership and outreach are vital to the success of spreading our mission. Through our community programs, we engage members of the community -- particularly children, youth and adults from underserved communities -- in forming life-long connections with nature.

Community Partnerships and Collaborations

Zoo New England collaborates with local organizations to share knowledge and resources that positively impact our community. The Zoo provides a number of resources to community partners, which may include access to meeting spaces, free admission, donation passes and youth program opportunities.

Community Pass Program

Our Community Pass Program (CPP), available to local non-profit organizations who meet certain criteria, extends a free group reservation for up to 20 individuals.

Group Criteria

To qualify for the CPP, your organization must be a non-profit organization that supports both our mission and community advancement. Admission to CPP is granted based primarily on economic need and location. Admission is not guaranteed and is granted on a first come, first served basis throughout the year. A maximum of 20 free admissions are available per group, and each organization may only submit one request every 12 months. Additionally, the organization is required to submit its tax-exempt documentation upon submission of the application for verification purposes.

Online Application

 

Special thanks to the Cummings Foundation for their generous support of the Zoos' community partnerships.

Donations of Passes for Charitable Causes

We’re happy to consider donating to your fundraising efforts. Eligible organizations must be non-profit and may only receive one donation every 12 months. Zoo New England does not accept requests from individuals. We receive many donation requests throughout the year, and we regret that it’s not possible to fulfill every request. To be considered, please submit your request at least one month in advance.

Event Partnerships

Community celebrations play a major role in our outreach initiatives, and we welcome partnerships with local organizations to reach new audiences. Check out our upcoming events or e-mail communityrelations@zoonewengland.com to discuss new event partnerships.

Library Pass Program

Our Library Pass Program provides discounted, year-round admission for up to six guests to both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Each Library Pass is $400 for one full year!

  • 200 passes, valid for a full year.
  • Each pass entitles library patrons to pay $6 per adult and $4 per child for up to six people.
  • Children under two always receive free admission.
  • Additional guests beyond those discounted under the pass pay full admission rates.
  • Give out as many or as few ticket passes at a time as you like.
  • You can order more than one book at a time. Reorder when you run out!

Please allow two to three weeks for processing.

Contact us to order or for more information.

Organization Pass Memberships

Organization Pass memberships are designed to offer schools, camps, daycares and community-oriented non-profit organizations the opportunity to enjoy frequent zoo visits at substantial savings! Learn more.

Zoo to You Outreach Station-Booking for your Special Event

Our Zoo to You Street Team may be able to visit your community event or festival. For costs and guidelines, please see our application form. 

Apply Now

 

More information on booking an education program.